Today, Cousin will meet the President of Mexico at the Presidential Residence of Los Pinos. During the day Cousin will also meet representatives of the Mexican private sector to foster innovative partnerships with companies that can align their expertise and strategic objectives with WFP’s mandate to fight world hunger, while meeting their Corporate Social Responsibility and business objectives.
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“Food security and nutrition are vital for Zimbabwe’s development, and high levels of malnutrition could hold the country back from reaching its full potential,” said Cousin who arrived in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. “Grain prices are much higher than they were this time last year and some communities have no food stocks left following last season’s bad harvest.”
During her stay, she will visit a WFP programme providing food assistance to people living with HIV receiving treatment at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare.
WFP currently provides seasonal relief to 1.2 million people in food-insecure areas of rural Zimbabwe. In addition to assisting people living with HIV, WFP provides nutritional support to malnourished pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five years of age.
“This is a humanitarian operation to help civilians trapped in the Old City. All sides to the conflict need to guarantee the safety of aid workers trying to help innocent victims.
At Davos 2014, WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, will join partners to leverage public and private sector opportunities to achieve Zero Hunger. The WEF is a unique event where innovative ideas and partnerships are born. A world free of hunger within our lifetime can only be achieved with the combined contribution of business, government and members of the public around the world.